Readout of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Meeting with Agudath Israel of America

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Readout of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Meeting with Agudath Israel of America

March 8, 2017

What: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Agudath Israel of America
When: March 8, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Secretary's Conference Room
Washington, DC 20202

This morning, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met with leaders of Agudath Israel of America about her commitment to supporting all educational opportunities, the importance of IDEA and higher education.

Agudath leaders thanked the Secretary for her leadership and expressed their desire to work closely with her to ensure their schools and community members have access to quality educational opportunities that respect their religion.

After the meeting, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement:

"I applaud Agudath Israel for their leadership and commitment to providing their community with access to educational options that meet the academic and religious needs of their families. Agudath is a terrific partner and advocate for their families, and I welcomed today's discussion.

"I look forward to continuing to work with Agudath Israel of America, the Orthodox Jewish community and all who believe that every child, regardless of where they live or their family's income, should have an equal opportunity to a quality education."

Attendees included:

  • Sol Werdiger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Vice President
  • Rabbi Abba Cohen, Vice President for Federal Affairs, Washington Director and Counsel
  • Rabbi A. D. Motzen, National Director of State Relations
  • And other members of Agudath Israel of America